|Edwin Hatch possessed a hair raising intellect|
The belief that metaphysical theology is more than this (dogma in the literal and original sense, ie., a personal conviction), is the chief bequest of Greece to religious thought, and it has been a damnosa hereditas. It has given to later Christianity that part of it which is doomed to perish, and which yet, while it lives, holds the key of the prison-house of many souls.
- Hatch, The Influence of Greek Ideas on Christianity, p138, Harper, 1957
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I've obviously thrown a few quite disparate thesis' around recently, which is my rather naive attempt at a dialectical reconciliation of competing claims. What strikes me most though is just how many voices are clamouring to get in on the conversation!
So for those who, like me, are desperate to get better acquainted with some of those leading ideas and personalities but don't have the wherewithal to enrol at university, OpenCourseWare may be an excellent option. Or, try this portal if you'd rather be taken directly to a free online philosophy course with the prestigious M.I.T. - and if anyone's using open courseware I'd love to know how you've found it.